Codes and Frequencies
FSSPDOTHC indicates the total amount the household spent on food last week at places not already mentioned the interviewer. Households who did not shop for food at any additional places are assigned a value of zero.
FSSPDOTHC is a categorical recode of the continuous FSSPDOTH. In 2015, the continuous variable was discontinued from the public release data and a categorical variable was introduced. FSSPDOTHC recodes all previous years to the 2015 coding scheme. FSSPDOTH will no longer be updated for new samples.
This is one of the variables used to calculate total spending on food in the last week. Households also report their usual weekly expenditures on food (FSULXPNS).
This variable is part of the Food Security Supplement.
This variable usually is comparable across years, but the universe changes over time.
In most years, the question is asked of all households. In 1997, this question was asked of 6 of the 8 rotation groups. In 2010, food expenditure questions are restricted to non-group quarter households.
The topcodes change over time. Before 2011, there is no topcode. In 2011, a topcode of $180 (FSSPDOTHC code 180) was introduced. From 2012 on, the topcode is $200 (code 200).
- 1996, 1999-2009: All households.
- Apr 1997: All households in months-in-sample 1-3, 5-7.
- Apr 2001: All households in months-in-sample 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8.
- 2010+: All households, excluding group quarters
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